For many people there is a distinct difference between God the Father and Jesus. They represent two entirely different beings with different agendas. God demands righteous judgment, and Jesus offers love and mercy. This dichotomy often leads to a fear of God and a love of Jesus. Jesus becomes our rescuer from the wrath of the Father, who becomes someone to avoid as much as possible. Jesus is a joy, and the Father is just scary.
The Bible is emphatic that this dichotomy is false. Jesus was sent by the Father as a demonstration of the Father’s Love. Jesus said if you have seen me, you have seen the Father. I and the Father are one. There is no disunity of purpose or basic character between the Father and the Son. Both are Unconditional Love. The false dichotomy which prevails in much religious thought and doctrine is the result of trying to incorporate the fruitlessness of Old Covenant law keeping into the gloriousness of New Covenant grace and mercy. They just don’t mix.